264 in November, 2013. 7 in September, 2017: Australia spoil Rohit Sharma’s homecoming at Eden Gardens

first_imgRohit Sharma came to the Eden Gardens with happy memories. The last time he had played an ODI on the hallowed Kolkata turf, he had blazed away to a record-shattering 264, the highest individual ODI score.On November 13, 2014, Rohit had taken Sri Lanka’s attack to the cleaners and produced one of the greatest batting spectacles in the modern era.The stylish Mumbai opener was on a comeback trail, having last played for India in August that year. He had gone without a hundred in 16 innings between his two double hundreds and there was pressure on him to score big and seal his spot ahead of the World Cup. Rohit has come a long way since and is now the vice-captain of the Indian team and an automatic choice for the limited-overs sides. He sat out of international cricket for seven months to nurse an injury he suffered last year but has been in sensational form since, having smashed three hundreds this year.However, he has had a tough time against Australia so far. Rohit scored 28 in Chennai and managed only 7 today at the Eden Gardens, the very venue where he had muscled his way to that record score nearly three years ago.Incidentally, Rohit fell to Nathan Coulter-Nile, who turns up for the Kolkata Knight Riders and enjoyed a fairly successful season in 2017. There was stunned silence at the ground as the crowd watched their talisman walk off without creating a flutter.Rohit has been in good form this year with 641 runs from 12 ODIs but he would have loved to get some runs under his belt in Kolkata, where he incidentally made a hundred on Test debut, a year before chasing the Sri Lankan attack on a white leather hunt.advertisementlast_img read more